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Tuesday, March 20, 2018

NY Post: It was a mistake for Bob Uecker to ignore this spider bite

The spider thought it was biting the great Whitey Ford. (So he lied.)

The 84-year-old — getting ready for his 48th season calling games for his hometown Brewers — told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that the poisonous venom of a brown recluse spider nearly stopped him from returning to the game that he loves after he got bit in October in the backyard of his home in Scottsdale, Ariz.

“I had a pair of shorts on,” Uecker told the newspaper. “I got bit by a spider but I didn’t know it. I didn’t feel it bite me. The next day, I had a red mark on my leg, and it kept getting bigger. I kept trying to take care of it by myself but it kept getting worse.”

The spider bit Uecker on his left leg as he was replacing a light bulb. Four days later, he visited a doctor for scheduled blood work and was told he needed to get to a hospital immediately. Uecker said the doctor recognized the wound right away.

 

AndrewJ Posted: March 20, 2018 at 05:55 PM | 35 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: arizona not cleveland spider, bob uecker, frick award winner, major league, mr belvedere

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   1. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: March 20, 2018 at 06:00 PM (#5640594)
The brown recluse spider said Uecker "tasted great."
   2. dlf Posted: March 20, 2018 at 06:09 PM (#5640598)
Mr. Belvedere really let George down on this one.
   3. You Know Nothing JT Snow (YR) Posted: March 20, 2018 at 06:09 PM (#5640599)
Less filling.
   4. Batman Posted: March 20, 2018 at 06:23 PM (#5640618)
The spider bit Uecker on his left leg as he was replacing a light bulb.
How the spider got a replacement light bulb, I don't know.
   5. McCoy Posted: March 20, 2018 at 06:26 PM (#5640620)
Brown recluses are nasty. The movers found one in our house when were moving. The promptly crushed and that thing oozed out a ton of liquid. I can only guess that it was the venom being splashed about.
   6. Where have you gone Brady Anderson? Posted: March 20, 2018 at 06:26 PM (#5640621)
Bob Uecker is probably my favorite announcer now that Vin Scully is retired. Several times a year, I will tune into a Brewers game just to hear him. Here's hoping he can call another 48.
   7. Pat Rapper's Delight (as quoted on MLB Network) Posted: March 20, 2018 at 06:34 PM (#5640624)
These are the best things ever to combat spiders, flies, and other pests in the home. I exterminated a spider on the kitchen floor at home just last night with one.
   8. the Hugh Jorgan returns Posted: March 20, 2018 at 06:39 PM (#5640627)
I'm trying to work in, "juuuust..a bit outside" into this and I got nothing...

My brother in-law got bit by one of these, not good. Had to do the hospital thing also.

Here in Sydney we got all sorts of fun spiders. Funnelwebs, redbacks, wolf spiders, huntsman, etc. Those wolf spiders, though not as venomous as the first 2, can get like man's hand size and are just fastest things you'll ever see on 8 legs. We get them around the house quite frequently and they just scare the cr*p out of you. Always on the back of door when you shut it type of thing, just nerve wracking stuff as your face(they always seem to be face height) is about 6 inches away.

Uecker is a hoot, glad to here he is ok and still entertaining people.
   9. baerga1 Posted: March 20, 2018 at 06:50 PM (#5640630)
Well this is from Wikipedia. So there might be some disagreement from the spider nerds among us (of which I am not one)..
Distribution

A large brown recluse compared to a US penny (diameter 0.75 inches, 19.05mm)
The range lies roughly south of a line from southeastern Nebraska through southern Iowa, Illinois, and Indiana to southwestern Ohio. In the southern states, it is native from central Texas to western Georgia and north to Kentucky.[4][5]

Despite rumors to the contrary, the brown recluse spider has not established itself in California or anywhere outside its native range.[6] This directly contradicts numerous sensationalized media reports of bites occurring where these spiders are absent (and no specimens were found), such as a 2014 report from Thailand, where a man was claimed to have died from a brown recluse bite.[7] Over the last century, occasional spiders have been intercepted in various locations where they have no known established populations; these spiders may be transported fairly easily, though the lack of established populations well outside the natural range also indicates that such movement has not led to colonization of new areas, after decades of opportunities.[8][9] Note that the occurrence of brown recluses in a single building (such as a warehouse) outside of the native range is not considered a successful colonization; such single-building populations can occur (e.g., in several such cases in Florida),[10] but do not spread, and can be easily eradicated.[11]

There are other species of the genus Loxosceles native to the southwestern part of the United States, including California, that may resemble the brown recluse, but these species have never been documented as medically significant. The number of "false positive" reports based on misidentifications is considerable; in a nationwide study where people submitted spiders that they thought were brown recluses, of 581 from California only 1 was a brown recluse—submitted by a family that moved from Missouri and brought it with them (compared to specimens submitted from Missouri, Kansas, and Oklahoma, where between 75% and 90% were recluses).[12] From this study, the most common spider submitted from California as a brown recluse was in the genus Titiotus, whose bite is deemed harmless. A similar study documented that various arachnids were routinely misidentified by physicians, pest control operators, and other non-expert authorities, who told their patients or clients that the spider they had was a brown recluse when in fact it was not.[13] Despite the absence of brown recluses from the Western U.S., physicians in the region commonly diagnose "brown recluse bites", leading to the popular misconception that the spiders inhabit those areas.[14]
   10. Traderdave Posted: March 20, 2018 at 06:51 PM (#5640631)
OMG I want one of those bug shotguns!
   11. Walt Davis Posted: March 20, 2018 at 07:34 PM (#5640644)
In NZ there's some similar confusion around white tail spiders. Never had the joy myself but apparently their bites do hurt like hell but do no significant harm and aren't venomous. However, the wounds are apparently pretty impressive and can become infected if not treated as "oh, I've got a small, nasty puncture wound on my butt." Understandably, those who get infected assume this was the result of venom not their own carelessness. Sounds like this might be what happened to Bob.

To me, the main issue with the white-tail spider is that it lives off other spiders, not bugs. I consider the standard bug-eating spider to be my enemy's enemy and so I tolerate them as long as they aren't in the shower or otherwise ostentatiously acting like they have the run of the place. But there's no reason to be tolerant of a white-tail.

And yes, the big, fast, nasty Australian spider. Had to play broomball with one in my bathroom once. It was a close match but I scored a late goal to win it.

How the spider got a replacement light bulb, I don't know.

Not a spider expert but I thought the larger, biting version of a spider species was always the female therefore "he was replacing a light bulb" would clearly refer to Mr. Uecker. Or do we no longer consider spider gender to be binary? (Or am I just wrong about spiders?)
   12. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: March 20, 2018 at 07:51 PM (#5640653)
Not a spider expert but I thought the larger, biting version of a spider species was always the female therefore "he was replacing a light bulb" would clearly refer to Mr. Uecker.
It's like that old joke:

How many spiders does it take to screw in a light bulb?

Three. One to screw in the light bulb, one to bite Bob Uecker, and the third to constantly stop and ask for directions.
   13. puck Posted: March 20, 2018 at 08:02 PM (#5640661)
Well this is from Wikipedia. So there might be some disagreement from the spider nerds among us (of which I am not one)..


Whenever I hear of brown recluse bites, they say you're suppose to get to a doctor within hours or tissue starts dying. So maybe something else bit Ueker, if he made it four days and was only seeing a doctor for something else.
   14. AT-AT at bat@AT&T Posted: March 20, 2018 at 08:37 PM (#5640673)
The only true spider is still : Hunter Pence !
   15. Howie Menckel Posted: March 20, 2018 at 08:40 PM (#5640676)
ironic that Uecker's first broadcasting gig was calling Cleveland Spiders games
   16. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: March 20, 2018 at 08:50 PM (#5640680)
They say you're suppose to get to a doctor within hours or tissue starts dying. So maybe something else bit Uecker


Maybe Yovani Gallardo?
   17. Jose is an Absurd Force of Nature Posted: March 20, 2018 at 10:23 PM (#5640700)
ironic that Uecker's first broadcasting gig was calling Cleveland Spiders games


Julio Franco had three hits in that game.
   18. Fernigal McGunnigle Posted: March 21, 2018 at 10:43 AM (#5640823)
I remember Wally Backman as being the guy who was bit by a brown recluse, although this was in Oregon so maybe it wasn't really a brown recluse. Anyway, Backman was bit on forehead. From the article:

He woke up three hours later, 2 a.m., still wearing the world championship ring, but looking like a Klingon.

Then he looked in the mirror and said to himself, "Today is a good day to die."

EDIT: And in retrospect I feel sorry for any spider that would bite Wally Backman.
   19. catomi01 Posted: March 21, 2018 at 11:08 AM (#5640845)
See - this is why I like Long Island...outside of the being bitten by a racoon or clawed by a feral cat, the wild life is generally harmless (unless you happen to plow into a deer or turkey while driving).
   20. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: March 21, 2018 at 11:55 AM (#5640902)
A brown recluse is no joke. I know a guy who got bit by one, and he ended up with a golf ball-sized hole at the wound site. Looked gross as ####.
   21. Man o' Schwar Posted: March 21, 2018 at 12:22 PM (#5640922)
We had them all over the school grounds when I was in high school. Our biology teacher was bitten by one when she opened a cabinet in her classroom to pull out a microscope. She knew immediately what it was and practically sprinted from the room to go to the hospital.

We had tarantulas as well - you'd see them out crawling through the grass. It was unsettling.
   22. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: March 21, 2018 at 12:39 PM (#5640938)
Tarantulas are kind of cool, as long as it's not one of the ones with the urticating hairs. Which I guess rules out most of the ones native to North America.
   23. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: March 21, 2018 at 02:55 PM (#5641077)
Tarantulas are kind of cool, as long as it's not one of the ones with the urticating hairs.
Ugh. Yeah, I hate urticating hairs.

Wait, what?
   24. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: March 21, 2018 at 03:55 PM (#5641127)
Wait, what?


Urticating hairs are a protective mechanism that functions by irritating the skin of anyone touching them. There are different forms, such as sharp, barbed, brittle and filled with a caustic liquid, etc. Some can be thrown from the bearer without direct skin-to-skin contact.

Apart from tarantulas, they're also reasonably common among caterpillars, as well as plants like the stinging nettle.
   25. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: March 21, 2018 at 04:10 PM (#5641143)
Huh. I learned my new thing for today, thanks. I'll have to start working that into my vocabulary. "The tag on my shirt is urticating the hell out of my neck!"
   26. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: March 21, 2018 at 05:26 PM (#5641190)
Nice! Just make sure you don't confuse it with eructating - don't think I've ever heard of a belching spider, though nature is marvelously creative and always hard at work.
   27. Booey Posted: March 21, 2018 at 06:13 PM (#5641231)
don't think I've ever heard of a belching spider


I've heard of barking spiders... :-D
   28. baerga1 Posted: March 21, 2018 at 06:24 PM (#5641234)
Well I guess we've found our spider nerd..
   29. My name is Votto, and I love to get blotto Posted: March 22, 2018 at 09:22 AM (#5641414)
the poisonous venom of a brown recluse spider nearly stopped him from returning to the game that he loves after


this is EXACTLY the thing Glenallen Hill was afraid of...
   30. Lassus Posted: March 22, 2018 at 11:24 AM (#5641515)
These are the best things ever to combat spiders, flies, and other pests in the home.

I am disappointed this was not Aqua-Net and a lighter.
   31. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: March 22, 2018 at 12:14 PM (#5641584)
Well I guess we've found our spider nerd..


Spider-Nerd, Spider-Nerd. Does whatever a Spider-Nerd does.
   32. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: March 22, 2018 at 12:18 PM (#5641591)
I hope Uecker later ate the spider for revenge.
   33. Pat Rapper's Delight (as quoted on MLB Network) Posted: March 22, 2018 at 12:57 PM (#5641644)
I am disappointed this was not Aqua-Net and a lighter.

When we were kids, a friend of mine would get rid of wasp nests around his house with a can of Lysol and a match. I presume his parents didn't know, but they sure missed out on some awesome visuals.
   34. Fancy Crazy Town Banana Pants Handle Posted: March 22, 2018 at 11:45 PM (#5642035)
The spider bit Uecker on his left leg as he was replacing a light bulb.

How the spider got a replacement light bulb, I don't know.

I am still trying to work out, how they know exactly when and during which activity he was bitten, when he says he did not know he had been bitten at the time...
   35. SoSH U at work Posted: March 23, 2018 at 11:07 AM (#5642206)
I am still trying to work out, how they know exactly when and during which activity he was bitten, when he says he did not know he had been bitten at the time...


Maybe he spends all his free time changing light bulbs. So he knows it happened during that activity. He just doesn't know which light bulb he was changing at the time of the bite.

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